Friday, November 27, 2015

Pardon The Interruption

Most people do not listen well, and this is no surprise to anyone over age 18. Sometimes, of particular annoyance, is a person not only not listening, but interjecting prior to the completion of the statement. However, it can be humorous when someone interjects so soon they miss the point altogether. 

Generally speaking, someone who prematurely interrupts conversations like this to interject will be a liberal, Calvinist, feminist, someone arguing based on emotion, or someone who does not take a stand based on logic. Here are some situations that the author was either a part of, or privy to, or that were submitted by readers:

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Sales Success
Situation - a trainee and an assistant manager were discussing sales statistics. Goal for promotion was a sales rate of 30%. Obviously, with any statistic, we are dealing with averages. Keep that in mind.

Trainee:  So far, my averages [have been over 40%, and it only takes 30% to get promoted.]...

Ass. Mgr.: You don't want to be just average! 

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Eye Doctor
Situation - at the eye doctor, a patient is discussing his medical history as is pertinent to vision. The patient advises he has diabetes, and the doctor asks how that is being controlled / managed. Evidently, the optometrist felt he was a cardiologist as well.

Patient: I went low carb / Paleo, and eat mostly meats and greens ... [and have lost over 100 pounds, cut cholesterol levels in half, have gone off all meds, and have completely controlled blood-glucose levels]

Doctor: You realize that diabetes carries with it a risk of high cholesterol, heart disease, and these risks are the most prevalent early indicators of heart attack.

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Marketing Rep
Situation - two people, recently introduced, discuss their careers. She asks him what he does for a living.

Marketing Rep: I'm a marketing rep for an industrial soap company. It's kind of like a pharmaceutical rep... [only instead of drugs and doctors, I deal with industrial cleaning facilities and soaps]

Airhead: Oh, pharmaceutical reps make really good money. I have a nephew that works for one...

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